It was a saucer’s flight to ultimate fame! From the “Frisbie Baking Company” to the tables of New England colleges – and from there to open fields on university campuses everywhere: a pie tin started a spectacular flight around the world, most likely on a fling by Ivy League students in the late 19th century. It continues aloft, albeit as a more sophisticated piece of sporting equipment. The flying discis the focus of a field game which combines some of the best elements found in American football, soccer, basketball and hockey.
The World Flying Disc Federation, or WFDF, is the international sports federation responsible for world governance of flying disc (frisbee) sports, including Ultimate, Beach Ultimate, Guts, and Individual Events. WFDF is a federation of member associations which represent flying disc sports and their athletes in more than 75 countries. WFDF is an international federation recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the IPC and FISU and a member of ARISF, SportAccord and the International World Games Association, and it is a registered not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation in the state of Colorado, USA.
Ultimate, which is one of the fastest growing team sports on the planet, combines demanding athleticism with relentless intensity - imagine the nonstop energy of a hockey game played on the surface of a football field. Two teams of seven athletes battle for the disc, each athlete trying to out-cut, out-throw, out-run, out-jump, and outsmart their opponents to advance the disc to the opposing end zone. Each athlete's position is relative to the disc, and the disc is always moving, so the game is always moving. Athletes must be lightning quick with marathon-like endurance.
While Ultimate is played by both men’s and women’s teams in over 100 countries around the world, the most popular form is mixed-gender. The promotion of gender equality within the sport has been paramount to its extraordinary popularity and growth, perfectly in line with one of the most important goals on the Olympic Agenda 2020.
Since 2001, mixed-gender Ultimate teams have participated in the IWGA World Games, and will do so again in the 2017 World Games in Wroclaw, Poland. During the World Games in 2013, Ultimate was one of the most viewed spectator sports, selling more than 40,000 tickets over three days of competition, and received the highest rating among all sports televised on the world feed.
Since 1983, WFDF has organized the Ultimate World Championships in locations around the world, featuring numerous age categories and divisions. In 2016, the World Championships in London featured 2,400 athletes representing 38 countries, and the World Junior Championships in Wroclav featured 975 young athletes from 29 countries.